RESTORING A FUNDAMENTAL MOVEMENT PATTERN: This Swiss ball squat is one of the most fundamental and important exercises that a person can do. The pathobiomechanics (abnormalities of movement) of the legs, hips, sacroiliac joints and lumbar spine are responsible for many insidious (unknown) onsets of acute lower back pain. Proper balance of the muscles, movement patterns of the joints and strength must be obtained before a permanent solution of the acute pain is accomplished. The Swiss ball squat is an excellent exercise to strengthen erector spinae, iliopsoas, quadriceps, hamstrings and gluteus muscles to name a few. It also conditions the body to maintain more appropriate anatomy while exertion is placed on the body. For this reason, the “form” is absolutely the most important aspect of this exercise. Before you start the exercise, squeeze the shoulder blades together, allow the arms to hang by your side, translate your head back over the shoulders and keep it there while you perform the exercise. Your feet should be slightly forward and a little wider than shoulder width. There should be no flexion of the body or excessive leaning on the ball. As you watch this video, all of these errors of movement are made while performing this exercise. Pay attention to the fundaments and use these principles throughout the day as you pick up babies, pull groceries out of the car, clean your house and arise from a chair. Most importantly, make a daily habit of performing the “Swiss Ball Squat” before you begin your day. 3 sets of 10 reps will help eliminate pain, prevent re-injury, increase strength, improve mobility and give you a greater quality of life.